England continued their 100% winning start to their Euro 2016 campaign with an impressive 2-0 win over Estonia with goals from Theo Walcott and Raheem Sterling. Following the win, there are further assurances of England having a successful tournament next year in France as key players Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Phil Jagielka and John Stones were missing.
Following the win, we take a look at the five things learned from England’s 2-0 win over Estonia including the biggest competition to Wayne Rooney’s striker role for The Three Lions.
Theo Walcott is ready to play as striker for EnglandTheo Walcott has been killing off teams with his sharp movements and precise finishing in recent weeks. Last night against Estonia, Arsenal forward was at his best yet again as he slotted the ball home with a composed finish. Walcott’s emergence with Harry Kane and Daniel Sturridge’s presence, Wayne Rooney’s striker role is bound to come under threat when the eventual tournament kicks off in France next year.
England’s Next-gen looked impressiveIn England’s 2-0 win over Estonia, we saw the likes of Stones, Bertrand, Barkley, Sterling, Lallana and Kane take to field and they look well at ease in disposing off Estonia. As Euro 2016 draws closer, manager Roy Hodgson will have an impressive bunch of youngsters to chose his best starting XI from.
Ryan Bertrand could solve England’s left-back woesEngland’s two premier left-backs Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw are both currently injured, however, with Ryan Bertrand’s impressive performance against Estonia, England might have found a solution to their full-back woes. Former Chelsea defender has been impressive in last few months for Southampton and in absence of Shaw and Baines, Bertrand could be the solution.
Ross Barkley needs to be played in offensive roleRoss Barkley was used from a deeper role against Estonia to use his drive from midfield, however, the Everton man’s best moment of the game happened when he was playing in the number 10 role and played a sublime assist to Theo Walcott for England’s opening goal. Barkley is a gifted footballer and he needs to used at his best position.
Raheem Sterling’s form has dipped in recent weeksEver since his move to Manchester City, Raheem Sterling has been pushed wide for his team and country, which in a way has led to a demise in his form. Sterling was England’s best player at World Cup 2014 while playing behind the striker, however, in his new role, he has failed to create chances and dictate England’s gameplay.
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